What The Lions Look For In A Linebacker

One of the biggest needs the Lions have this offseason is at linebacker. Aside from DeAndre Levy, the Lions don't have any linebackers that are entrenched as starters. Ashlee Palmer and Bobby Carpenter are expected to compete for starting spots at outside linebacker, but the Lions could use an addition or two, whether it's via free agency or the draft.

Something to look for when considering which linebackers the Lions might add is if they're versatile, as that is a feature Jim Schwartz likes his LBs to have.

"When (DeAndre Levy) played as a rookie early on, he played on the outside. At the end of the year, he moved inside,'' Schwartz said. "Part of our criteria for linebackers is that we like multidimensional players and that means the ability to play inside and outside and play pass and run. That's one of the reasons we drafted him is because he's a multidimensional player. He can move around in a lot of different areas.

Schwartz was talking about this because he was asked about whether or not Levy could move back outside. While Schwartz admitted Levy has the ability to play OLB, he sounded like he was quite happy with the former Wisconsin Badger playing inside because he has such a good command of the defense. So don't expect Levy to be moving anywhere unless the Lions end up with an even better MLB, which probably isn't too likely at this point.

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